Brandon Webb (16-10) tied his career high
for wins in a season Wednesday, and Arizona added to its lead atop the
National League West by beating the Giants at AT&T Park behind an
Arizona has won seven of its past eight games and now holds a 3
1/2-game advantage over the Padres.
Webb allowed four runs through seven innings in improving to 16-10
with a 2.99 ERA. He also had 16 wins last season when he won the
National League Cy Young Award. The sinkerballer should have at least three more starts
during the regular season.
The Diamondbacks chased Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez in the
fourth inning after they loaded the bases on the left-hander with no outs,
although Arizona could only plate one run. Sanchez, who threw 80
pitches, allowed back-to-back home runs in the second inning to Mark Reynolds,
his 13th, and Chris Snyder, his 12th.
It took only 22 pitches for Webb to get through the first three
innings. He didn't allow a hit until Dave Roberts hit a triple to open the
bottom of the fourth. Arizona broke it open in the sixth with a two-run
double by Justin Upton and a two-run single by Conor Jackson.
Webb improved to 9-5 lifetime against the Giants. His next three starts
would likely come on the18th against these same Giants, on the 25th in
Pittsburgh, and then on the 30th in Colorado. The 30th is the last game of
the season, however, and if the Diamondbacks have already clinched the division,
Webb would certainly be held back to pitch the playoff opener.
LHP Doug Davis, who is 8-1 with a 3.84 ERA over his last 12
starts, makes the start Friday when the Diamondbacks visit the Dodgers for
the start of a three-game series. He is 3-1 with an 0.00 ERA in four
career starts totaling 30 innings against the Dodgers.
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